A new study by Albemarle County’s Places29 has demonstrated what should have been clear to anybody paying attention: installing a 29 bypass won’t reduce traffic. Why? Because it’s us causing the traffic jams, not hordes of people commuting from Culpeper to Danville or long-haul truckers slaloming through Nelson. 67% of all the traffic on 29 N both begins and ends between the 250 bypass and WalMart. Presumably if that stretch were expanded from UVa to Ruckersville, we’d find that something closer to 90% of traffic is local, and thus wouldn’t take the bypass. We have met the enemy, and he is us.
Jessica Kitchin has the story in today’s Daily Progress.